5 posts in this topic

For the past three years, the highlight of the Calvert Marine Museum’s Sharkfest! has been the presence of Doug Poole and his Mercury Marine SharkPoole. The SharkPoole gives visitors the opportunity to learn about these amazing predators from someone who has worked closely with them for years. Children thrill at the rough, cold touch of the shark’s skin as the shark lies calmly in Poole’s confident grasp. They learn how to touch gently, and how important these creatures are to the world’s marine eco-systems.

The Sharkpoole is the brain child of Mercury Marine Saltwater Pro-Staff Douglas Poole of Solomons Island. According to Poole, “SharkPoole is a way to teach kids the facts about sharks – not the myths of man-eaters devouring everything that moves. Sharks need our protection and deserve respect.” As an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, Poole believes that hands-on experiences are the best way to reach and teach kids.

His appearances at the Marine Museum and local schools have been so well received that he has enlarged the tanks he keeps the fish in, and expanded the kinds of animals he keeps in order to meet demand. Frequently his two children assist him, demonstrating the proper way to handle animals and sharing their knowledge of sharks and stingrays.

Sharkfest! also features Megalodon, the largest marine predator that ever lived whose enormous teeth are prized by fossil hunters worldwide. The Marine Museum Fossil Club turns out in force to share their remarkable finds from Calvert Cliffs – presenting a great opportunity to have your own fossils identified by experts. Face painters provide visitors with the option of becoming, or at least wearing a fish, while craft activities let children create shark necklaces and hats. The Color and Light Society will be on hand to assist in painting a large shark mural in front of the museum.

Visit the museum’s website at www.calvertmarinemuseum.com

Edited by Sam

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

museum looks interesting too bad there's not an easier route to the western shore - i don't think i could deal with the DC traffic to get there. LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Take 50 east, then Rt 2 south all the way down. Rt 2 is in Annapolis.

Nowhere the DC Beltway!! :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I lived at Drum Point for a couple years....made the drive back and forth from AI to Lusby/Solomons a buncha times.

Like Steve said...take the rt 2 Parole exit after the BB and stay on 2 till it hits rt 4....rt 4 will take you right into Solomons.

Kinda of a long drive:3gears:...takes about 4 hrs from

OC.Good exhibit....huge shark teeth are awesome.:eek:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The huge teeth are millions of years old. A visit to Scientist Cliffs is a must if you head that way. Great to go after a good Nor'easter, exposes more fossils in the cliff wall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now